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The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender (Paperback): Adrian Thatcher The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender (Paperback)
Adrian Thatcher
R973 Discovery Miles 9 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender presents an unrivalled overview of the theological study of sexuality and gender. Not merely contentious and pervasive topics, sexuality and gender have escalated in importance within theology. Theologians increasingly agree that even the very doctrine of God cannot be contemplated without a prior grappling with each. Featuring 41 newly-commissioned essays, written by the foremost scholars in the discipline, this authoritative collection presents and develops the latest thinking in the area. Divided into eight thematic sections, the Handbook explores key methodological approaches, concepts, and issues, as well as current controversies within various denominations. Selected essays draw on reason as a distinct source of theology, discussing evolutionary biology and behavioural genetics, psychology, anthropological research, philosophical research, and queer theory. It examines the history of in theologies of sexuality and gender, with close analysis of the Bible and the Christian tradition. The final section considers theology in relation to different expressions of sexual identities. This volume is an essential reference for students and scholars, which will also stimulate further research.

Queer Natives in Latin America - Forbidden Chapters of Colonial History (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Fabiano de Souza Gontijo,... Queer Natives in Latin America - Forbidden Chapters of Colonial History (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Fabiano de Souza Gontijo, Barbara M. Arisi, Estevao R. Fernandes
R1,709 Discovery Miles 17 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book defies long standing assumptions about indigenous societies in the Americas and shows that non-heteronormative sexualities were already present among native peoples in different regions of what is now Latin America before the arrival of European colonizers. Presenting data collected from both literature and field research, the authors give examples of native queer traditions in different cultural regions, such as Mesoamerica, the Amazon and the Andes, and analyze how colonization gradually imposed the models of sexuality and family organization considered as normal by the European settlers using methods such as forced labor, physical punishments and forced marriages. Building upon post-colonial and queer theories, Queer Natives in Latin America: Forbidden Chapters of Colonial History reveals a little known aspect of the colonization of the Americas: how a bureaucratic-administrative, political and psychological apparatus was created and developed to normalize indigenous sexuality, shaping them to the colonial order.

Decolonial Feminisms, Power and Place - Sentipensando with Rural Women in Colombia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Laura Rodriguez... Decolonial Feminisms, Power and Place - Sentipensando with Rural Women in Colombia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Laura Rodriguez Castro
R2,144 Discovery Miles 21 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book draws on participatory ethnographic research to understand how rural Colombian women work to dismantle the coloniality of power. It critically examines the ways in which colonial feminisms have homogenized the "category of woman," ignoring the intersecting relationship of class, race, and gender, thereby excluding the voices of "subaltern women" and upholding existing power structures. Supplementing that analysis are testimonials from rural Colombian women who speak about their struggles for sovereignty and against territorial, sexual, and racialized violence enacted upon their land and their bodies. By documenting the stories of rural women and centering their voices, this book seeks to dismantle the coloniality of power and gender, and narrate and imagine decolonial feminist worlds. Scholars in gender studies, rural studies, and post-colonial studies will find this work of interest.

Indifference to Difference - On Queer Universalism (Paperback): Madhavi Menon Indifference to Difference - On Queer Universalism (Paperback)
Madhavi Menon
R559 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R80 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Indifference to Difference organizes around Alain Badiou's suggestion that, in the face of increasing claims of identitarian specificity, one might consider the politics and practice of being indifferent to difference. Such a politics would be based on the superabundance of desire and its inability to settle into identity. Madhavi Menon shows that if we turn to another kind of universalism-not one that insists we are all different but one that recognizes we are all similar in our powerlessness to contain desire-then difference no longer becomes the focus of our identity. Instead, we enter the worlds of desire. Following up on ideas of sameness and difference that have animated queer theory, Menon argues that what is most queer about indifference is not that it gives us queerness as an identity but that it is able to change queerness into a resistance of ontology. Firmly committed to the detours of desire, queer universalism evades identity. This polemical book demonstrates that queerness is the condition within which we labor. Our desires are not ours to be owned; they are indifferent to our differences.

What's Your Pronoun? - Beyond He and She (Paperback): Dennis Baron What's Your Pronoun? - Beyond He and She (Paperback)
Dennis Baron
R392 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R60 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Heralded as "required reading" (Geoff Nunberg) and "the book" (Anne Fadiman) for anyone interested in the conversation swirling around gender-neutral and nonbinary pronouns, What's Your Pronoun? is a classic in the making. Providing much-needed historical context and analysis to the debate around what we call ourselves, Dennis Baron brings new insight to a centuries-old topic and illuminates how-and why-these pronouns are sparking confusion and prompting new policies in schools, workplaces, and even statehouses. Enlightening and affirming, What's Your Pronoun? introduces a new way of thinking about language, gender, and how they intersect.

Identity in Adolescence 4e - The Balance between Self and Other (Paperback, 4th New edition): Laura Ferrer-Wreder, Jane Kroger Identity in Adolescence 4e - The Balance between Self and Other (Paperback, 4th New edition)
Laura Ferrer-Wreder, Jane Kroger
R936 Discovery Miles 9 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This fully revised fourth edition of Identity in Adolescence: The Balance Between Self and Other presents four theoretical perspectives on identity development during adolescence and young adulthood and their practical implications for intervention. Ferrer-Wreder and Kroger consider adolescent identity development as the unique intersection of social and cultural forces in combination with individual factors that each theoretical model stresses in attempting to understand the identity formation process for contemporary adolescents. Identity in Adolescence addresses the complex question of how adolescent identity forms and develops during adolescence and young adulthood and serves as the foundation for entering adult life. The book is unique in its presentation of four selected models that address this process, along with cutting-edge research and the implications that each of these models hold for practical interventions. This new edition has been comprehensively revised, with five completely new chapters and three that have been extensively updated. New special topics are also addressed, including ethnic, sexual, and gender identity development, the role of technology in adolescent identity development, and ongoing identity development beyond adolescence. The book is essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying adolescent development, self and social identity within developmental psychology, social psychology and clinical psychology, as well as practitioners in the fields of child welfare and mental health services, social work, youth and community work and counselling.

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Renaissance (Hardcover): Bette Talvacchia A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Renaissance (Hardcover)
Bette Talvacchia
R2,212 Discovery Miles 22 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Europe saw such revolutionary cultural change between 1450 and 1650 that those who witnessed the transformations conceived of the period as a time of rebirth. Ideas and practices around sexuality were transformed as much as any other aspect of society. Religious change, the growth of empires, educational development, social mobility, the theater and the printing press, and medical advances all radically reshaped sexuality in the West. Focusing on texts, images, and social practices, this volume examines the changing attitudes to sexuality during the Renaissance and the strategies used both to enforce and subvert public assumptions and standards. A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Renaissance presents an overview of the period with essays on heterosexuality, homosexuality, sexual variations, religious and legal issues, health concerns, popular beliefs about sexuality, prostitution and erotica.

Becoming Centaur - Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and English Horsemanship (Paperback): Monica Mattfeld Becoming Centaur - Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and English Horsemanship (Paperback)
Monica Mattfeld
R670 Discovery Miles 6 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this study of the relationship between men and their horses in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, Monica Mattfeld explores the experience of horsemanship and how it defined one's gendered and political positions within society. Men of the period used horses to transform themselves, via the image of the centaur, into something other-something powerful, awe-inspiring, and mythical. Focusing on the manuals, memoirs, satires, images, and ephemera produced by some of the period's most influential equestrians, Mattfeld examines how the concepts and practices of horse husbandry evolved in relation to social, cultural, and political life. She looks closely at the role of horses in the world of Thomas Hobbes and William Cavendish; the changes in human social behavior and horse handling ushered in by elite riding houses such as Angelo's Academy and Mr. Carter's; and the public perception of equestrian endeavors, from performances at places such as Astley's Amphitheatre to the satire of Henry William Bunbury. Throughout, Mattfeld shows how horses aided the performance of idealized masculinity among communities of riders, in turn influencing how men were perceived in regard to status, reputation, and gender. Drawing on human-animal studies, gender studies, and historical studies, Becoming Centaur offers a new account of masculinity that reaches beyond anthropocentrism to consider the role of animals in shaping man.

Making Sense of Parenthood - Caring, Gender and Family Lives (Hardcover): Tina Miller Making Sense of Parenthood - Caring, Gender and Family Lives (Hardcover)
Tina Miller
R1,585 Discovery Miles 15 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following on from Making Sense of Motherhood (2005) and Making Sense of Fatherhood (2010), Tina Miller's book focuses on transitions to first-time parenthood and the unfolding experiences of managing caring and paid work in modern family lives. Returning to her original participants, it collects later episodes of their experience of 'doing' family life, and meticulously examines mothers' and fathers' accounts of negotiating intensified parenting responsibilities and work-place demands. It explores questions of why gender equality and equity are harder to manage within the home sphere when organising caring and associated responsibilities, re-addressing the concept of 'maternal gatekeeping' and offering insights into a new concept of 'paternal gatekeeping'. The findings presented will inform both scholarly work and policy on family lives, gender equality and work.

Shaping the New Man - Youth Training Regimes in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany (Hardcover): Alessio Ponzio Shaping the New Man - Youth Training Regimes in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany (Hardcover)
Alessio Ponzio
R1,625 Discovery Miles 16 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Despite their undeniable historical importance, the leaders of the Fascist and Nazi youth organizations have received little attention from historians. In Shaping the New Man, Alessio Ponzio uncovers the largely untold story of the training and education of these crucial protagonists of the Fascist and Nazi regimes, and he examines more broadly the structures, ideologies, rhetoric, and aspirations of youth organizations in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Ponzio shows how the Italian Fascists' pedagogical practices influenced the origin and evolution of the Hitler Youth. He dissects similarities and differences in the training processes of the youth leaders of the Opera Nazionale Balilla, Gioventu Italiana del Littorio, and Hitlerjugend. And, he explores the transnational institutional interactions and mutual cooperation that flourished between Mussolini's and Hitler's youth organizations in the 1930s and 1940s.

Embracing the Journey - Companion Study Guide (Paperback): Greg McDonald, Lynn McDonald Embracing the Journey - Companion Study Guide (Paperback)
Greg McDonald, Lynn McDonald
R321 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R40 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Debating Sex and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Hardcover): Marta V. Vicente Debating Sex and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Hardcover)
Marta V. Vicente
R1,969 Discovery Miles 19 690 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Eighteenth-century debates continue to set the terms of modern day discussions on how 'nature and nurture' shape sex and gender. Current dialogues - from the tension between 'real' and 'ideal' bodies, to how nature and society shape sexual difference - date back to the early modern period. Debating Sex and Gender is an innovative study of the creation of a two-sex model of human sexuality based on different genitalia within Spain, reflecting the enlightened quest to promote social reproduction and stability. Drawing on primary sources such as medical treatises and legal literature, Vicente traces the lives of individuals whose ambiguous sex and gender made them examples for physicians, legislators and educators for how nature, family upbringing, education, and the social environment shaped an individual's sex. This book brings together insights from the histories of sexuality, medicine and the law to shed new light on this timely and important field of study.

Sexuality Mentality - Creating a Culture of Biblical Integrity (Paperback): Heather Ruesch Sexuality Mentality - Creating a Culture of Biblical Integrity (Paperback)
Heather Ruesch
R316 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R19 (6%) Out of stock
Diva Nation - Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History (Hardcover): Laura Miller, Rebecca Copeland Diva Nation - Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History (Hardcover)
Laura Miller, Rebecca Copeland
R1,765 R1,388 Discovery Miles 13 880 Save R377 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Diva Nation explores the constructed nature of female iconicity in Japan. From ancient goddesses and queens to modern singers and writers, this edited volume critically reconsiders the female icon, tracing how she has been offered up for emulation, debate or censure. The research in this book culminates from curiosity over the insistent presence of Japanese female figures who have refused to sit quietly on the sidelines of history. The contributors move beyond archival portraits to consider historically and culturally informed diva imagery and diva lore. The diva is ripe for expansion, fantasy, eroticization, and playful reinvention, while simultaneously presenting a challenge to patriarchal culture. Diva Nation asks how the diva disrupts or bolsters ideas about nationhood, morality, and aesthetics.

How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You - 85 Proven Techniques For Success (Paperback): Leil Lowndes How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You - 85 Proven Techniques For Success (Paperback)
Leil Lowndes
R240 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R53 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

MOVE OVER CUPID, HERE IS THE LOVE POTION WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR…!

In this irresistible, witty guide, internationally acclaimed relationships expert, Leil Lowndes, reveals 85 proven techniques to help you capture the heart of anyone you choose. You will discover:
• how to meet that perfect someone
• successful first moves for ‘hunters’ and ‘huntresses’

• how to make an unforgettable first impression:
what to wear, how to avoid getting stuck in the small talk rut, and how to let your body do the talking
• how to GIVE first date butterflies
• when you should play hard to get (and when not to)
• he says/ she says: the differences between men and women (and how to use them to your advantage)
• how to awaken primal, unsettling, sexy feelings in your partner
• how to learn in one hour what will drive your partner wild in bed!

Read this book and you will gain the power to fuel the smallest spark of attraction into an all – consuming passion!

THE SHORT CUT ROUTE TO SURE FIRE SUCCESS IN LOVE

Gender and Religious Life in French Revolutionary Drama (Paperback): Annelle Curulla Gender and Religious Life in French Revolutionary Drama (Paperback)
Annelle Curulla
R2,135 Discovery Miles 21 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the final decade of the eighteenth century, theatre was amongst the most important sites for redefining France's national identity. In this study, Annelle Curulla uses a range of archival material to show that, more than any other subject matter which was once forbidden from the French stage, Roman Catholic religious life provided a crucial trope for expressing theatre's patriotic mission after 1789. Even as old rules and customs fell with the walls of the Bastille, dramatic works by Gouges, Chenier, La Harpe, and others depicted the cloister as a space for reimagining forms of familial, individual, and civic belonging and exclusion. By relating the dramatic trope of religious life to shifting concepts of gender, family, religiosity, and nation, Curulla sheds light on how the process of secularization played out in the cultural space of French theatre.

Soho at Work - Pleasure and Place in Contemporary London (Paperback): Melissa Tyler Soho at Work - Pleasure and Place in Contemporary London (Paperback)
Melissa Tyler
R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is it like to work in a place that is both a thriving and close-knit community and a globally recognised part of the commercial sex industry? London's Soho has always been a place of complexity, contrast and change throughout its colourful history, yet urban branding, local community initiatives and licensing regulations have combined to 'clean up' Soho, arguably to the point of sanitisation, and commercial over-development remains a continuing threat. In spite of all this, Soho retains its edge and remains a unique place to live, work and consume. Based on a ten-year ethnographic study of working in Soho's sex shops, combining archival material, literary sources, photographic materials and interviews with men and women employed there, Tyler draws together insights from history, geography and cultural studies to tell the unseen story of this fascinating work place.

PRIDE - Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times (Hardcover): PRIDE - Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times (Hardcover)
R494 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R79 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

PRIDE is a photography book capturing the parades and protests in the gay community, with publication set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which took place on June 28, 1969. On June 28, 1970, the first gay pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago commemorating the anniversary of the riots. Similar marches were organized in other cities-acting as both a celebration of gay culture and an activist movement for equal rights under the law. The book will be an inspiring visual history documenting the resilience of a marginalized group and their fight for civil rights. As gay rights in both America and the world have evolved, the scenes capturing the parade have as well-through signs, dress, and expressions of freedom and love, this book also tells the story of the ever-changing culture of a people. It is a book about celebration, oppression, hope, recognition, and, above all, pride in being who you are.

Sex Rules! - Astonishing Sexual Practices and Gender Roles Around the World (Understanding Human Sexuality, Women & Power, Sex... Sex Rules! - Astonishing Sexual Practices and Gender Roles Around the World (Understanding Human Sexuality, Women & Power, Sex and Gender Identity) (Paperback)
Janice Zarro Brodman
R373 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

#1 Best Seller in Trivia & Fun Facts, Questions & Answers, Curiosities & Wonders, and Cults & Demonism Think You Know About Sexual Customs Around Our World? Have Fun and Enjoy Some Surprises!This book is a humorous glimpse of a wide range of stereotype-busting sexual, relationship and romantic mores around the world. It is fun, interesting, and eye-opening! For example, places where women control the mating game, set marriage rules, and marry one another for political power. The fact that it's all true also makes it fascinating. Take a romp through a rollicking worldwide tour with LOL views of extraordinary sexual customs. It will astound and regale you. At the same time, it proves sex is like happiness - universally sought but subjectively enjoyed.

Sexuality, Subjectivity, and LGBTQ Militancy in the United States (Hardcover, 0): Guillaume Marche Sexuality, Subjectivity, and LGBTQ Militancy in the United States (Hardcover, 0)
Guillaume Marche
R2,213 Discovery Miles 22 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Homosexualities and LGBTQ militancy, Sexuality, [-]Social movements, Sociology, Subjectivity[-]

Countersexual Manifesto (Paperback): Paul B Preciado Countersexual Manifesto (Paperback)
Paul B Preciado; Translated by Kevin Gerry Dunn; Foreword by Jack Halberstam
R585 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R110 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Countersexual Manifesto is an outrageous yet rigorous work of trans theory, a performative literary text, and an insistent call to action. Seeking to overthrow all constraints on what can be done with and to the body, Paul B. Preciado offers a provocative challenge to even the most radical claims about gender, sexuality, and desire. Preciado lays out mock constitutional principles for a countersexual revolution that will recognize genitalia as technological objects and offers step-by-step illustrated instructions for dismantling the heterocentric social contract. He calls theorists such as Derrida, Foucault, Butler, and Haraway to task for not going nearly far enough in their attempts to deconstruct the naturalization of normative identities and behaviors. Preciado's claim that the dildo precedes the penis-that artifice, not nature, comes first in the history of sexuality-forms the basis of his demand for new practices of sexual emancipation. He calls for a world of sexual plasticity and fabrication, of bio-printers and "dildonics," and he invokes countersexuality's roots in the history of sex toys, pornography, and drag in order to rupture the supposedly biological foundations of the heterocentric regime. His claims are extreme, but supported through meticulous readings of philosophy and theory, as well as popular culture. The Manifesto is now available in English translation for its twentieth anniversary, with a new introduction by Preciado. Countersexual Manifesto will disrupt feminism and queer theory and scandalize us all with its hyperbolic but deadly serious defiance of everything we've been told about sex.

Between Families and Frankenstein - The Politics of Egg Donation in the United States (Paperback): Erin Heidt-Forsythe Between Families and Frankenstein - The Politics of Egg Donation in the United States (Paperback)
Erin Heidt-Forsythe
R640 R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Save R106 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the United States, egg donation for reproduction and egg donation for research involve the same procedures, the same risks, and the same population of donors-disadvantaged women at the intersections of race and class. Yet cultural attitudes and state-level policies regarding egg donation are dramatically different depending on whether the donation is for reproduction or for research. Erin Heidt-Forsythe explores the ways that framing egg donation itself creates diverse politics in the United States, which, unlike other Western democracies, has no centralized method of regulating donations, relying instead on market forces and state legislatures to regulate egg donation and reproductive technologies. Beginning with a history of scientific research around the human egg, the book connects historical debates about the "natural" (reproduction) and "unnatural" (research) uses of women's eggs to contemporary political regulation of egg donation. Examining egg donation in California, New York, Arizona, and Louisiana and coupled with original data on how egg donation has been regulated over the last twenty years, this book is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the politics of egg donation across the United States.

Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State - Inequality, Exclusion, and Change (Paperback): Leela Fernandes Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State - Inequality, Exclusion, and Change (Paperback)
Leela Fernandes
R637 R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Save R71 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A rich set of feminist perspectives on the varied and often contradictory nature of state practices, structures, and ideologies Growing socio-economic inequality and exclusion are defining features of the twenty-first century. While debates on globalization, free trade, and economic development have been linked to the paradigm of "neo-liberalism," it does not explain all the forms of social change that have been unfolding in comparative contexts. Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State provides a timely intervention into discussions about the boundaries, practices, and nature of the post-liberalization state, suggesting that an understanding of economic policies, the corresponding rise of socio-economic inequality, and the possibilities for change requires an in-depth reconceptualization. Drawing on original field research both globally and within the United States, this volume brings together a rich set of perspectives on the varied and often contradictory nature of state practices, structures and ideologies in the post-liberalization era. The essays develop an interdisciplinary approach that treats an understanding of historically-specific forms of inequality--such as gender, race, caste, sexuality and class--as integral to, rather than as after-effects of, the policies and ideologies associated with the "neoliberal project." The volume also tackles central questions on the restructuring of the state, the state's power operations, the relationship between capital and the state, and its interactions with the institutions and organizational forms of civil society in the post-liberalization era. As such, Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State examines both what is distinctive about this post-liberalization state and what must be contextualized as long-standing features of modern state power. A truly international and interdisciplinary volume, Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State deepens our understanding of how policies of economic liberalization shape and produce various forms of inequality.

Perogies and Politics - Canada's Ukrainian Left, 1891-1991 (Hardcover): Rhonda L. Hinther Perogies and Politics - Canada's Ukrainian Left, 1891-1991 (Hardcover)
Rhonda L. Hinther
R1,201 Discovery Miles 12 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Perogies and Politics, Rhonda Hinther explores the twentieth-century history of the Ukrainian left in Canada from the standpoint of the women, men, and children who formed and fostered it. For twentieth-century leftist Ukrainians, culture and politics were inextricably linked. The interaction of Ukrainian socio-cultural identity with Marxist-Leninism resulted in one of the most dynamic national working-class movements Canada has ever known. The Ukrainian left's success lay in its ability to meet the needs of and speak in meaningful, respectful, and empowering ways to its supporters' experiences and interests as individuals and as members of a distinct immigrant working-class community. This offered to Ukrainians a radical social, cultural, and political alternative to the fledgling Ukrainian churches and right-wing Ukrainian nationalist movements. Hinther's colourful and in-depth work reveals how left-wing Ukrainians were affected by changing social, economic, and political forces and how they in turn responded to and challenged these forces.

Trans - Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities (Paperback): Rogers Brubaker Trans - Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities (Paperback)
Rogers Brubaker
R450 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R86 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How the transgender experience opens up new possibilities for thinking about gender and race In the summer of 2015, shortly after Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender, the NAACP official and political activist Rachel Dolezal was "outed" by her parents as white, touching off a heated debate in the media about the fluidity of gender and race. If Jenner could legitimately identify as a woman, could Dolezal legitimately identify as black? Taking the controversial pairing of "transgender" and "transracial" as his starting point, Rogers Brubaker shows how gender and race, long understood as stable, inborn, and unambiguous, have in the past few decades opened up-in different ways and to different degrees-to the forces of change and choice. Transgender identities have moved from the margins to the mainstream with dizzying speed, and ethnoracial boundaries have blurred. Paradoxically, while sex has a much deeper biological basis than race, choosing or changing one's sex or gender is more widely accepted than choosing or changing one's race. Yet while few accepted Dolezal's claim to be black, racial identities are becoming more fluid as ancestry-increasingly understood as mixed-loses its authority over identity, and as race and ethnicity, like gender, come to be understood as something we do, not just something we have. By rethinking race and ethnicity through the multifaceted lens of the transgender experience-encompassing not just a movement from one category to another but positions between and beyond existing categories-Brubaker underscores the malleability, contingency, and arbitrariness of racial categories. At a critical time when gender and race are being reimagined and reconstructed, Trans explores fruitful new paths for thinking about identity.

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